Expert Group meeting on Sustainable Tourism: Ecotourism, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection
29 Oct 2013 - 30 Oct 2013
New York
The objectives of the EGM are to:

1. take stock of development in ecotourism promotion and management and its contribution to sustainable development;
2. propose recommendations of good practice, ways and means to promote eco- tourism as a tool for fighting poverty and promoting sustainable development, including through financing, provision of tools and guidelines for tourism managers;
3. identify critical issues and priority areas of intervention in order to address unsustainable trends in tourism development.
4. identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships.

It is expected that the recommendations emanating from this meeting will be of value to participating countries aiming to develop eco-tourism potentials, including, among others, Small Island Developing States as well as other countries with coastal, mountainous or forest, lake or desert tourism attractions/resources.
Statements & Presentations

Number of statements/presentations: 30

Opening Session
Mr. Nikhil Seth
Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic
Head, Institutional and Corporate Relations
Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Trends and Issues
Ms. Kelly Bricker, Associate Professor, University of Utah
The European Commission's actions to enhance sustainable tourism
Ms. Ilona Lelonek Husting, DG Enterprise & Industry Tourism Policy Unit
Session 1: Financing sustainable (eco)resort/hotel investments and developing the markets for (eco)tourism services
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF): An Overview
Mr. Dale Honeck, Counselor, Trade in Services Section
Certification of Sustainable Tourism In Costa Rica
Mr. Glenn Jampol, Vice President of the National Accreditation Commission for the Costa Rica Tourist Board
Certified Sustainability
Mr. Guido Bauer, CEO, Green Globe Certification
Session 2: Tourism planning, marketing and destination management
Ecotourism in Indonesia
Mr. Sapta Nirwandar, Vice Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy,
Planning for sustainable tourism development in South-Eastern Europe
Mr. Manuel Junck, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
The Peaks of the Balkans Hiking Trail
Mr. Manuel Junck, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Trans-border tourism in the central and lower Danube region
Mr. Manuel Junck, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Promoting Sustainable Tourism in China
Mr. Jigang Bao, Professor and Assistant President, Sun Yat Sen University
Sustainable Tourism Policy in Korea
Ms. Hyeri Han, Assistant Director, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Measures to promote sustainable (eco)tourism in Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr. Jafar Barmaki, First Counselor, Permanent Mission, Geneva
TERANGA DURABLE - Sustainable Tourism Certification - Senegal
Mr. Patrick Ramonjavelo, Tourism Expert, Tourism Ministry
Sustainable Tourism : The Future that Madagascar wants through its Challenge 2020
Mr. Patrick Ramonjavelo, Tourism Expert, Tourism Ministry
Tourism in Africa
Mr. Patrick Ramonjavelo, Tourism Expert, Tourism Ministry
Sustainable Ecotourism Initiative
Mr. Iskandar B. Kuntoadji, Board member of IBEKA
Session 3: Assessing socio-economic benefits, employment generation and poverty reduction from sustainable (eco)tourism
Regulation to Enhance Sustainability Ecotourism in Cambodia
Ms. Kim Neng, Deputy Director, Ministry of Enviroment
Session 4: Enhancing environmental protection through sustainable (eco)tourism
World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism
Mr. Peter DeBrine, UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme
Environmental Impact Assessment of Tourism Development: Case studies and experiences
Mr. Sang In Kang, Senior Development Management Expert, UN Sustainable Development Office, Republic of Korea
Session 5: Partnerships for international cooperation
Trans-boundary cooperation in sustainable tourism and destination management
Mr. Alexander Schuler, Managing Partner, BTE Consultants for Rural Tourism Development
The 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme: Policies to Implementation, Partnerships and Results
Ms. Helena Rey de Assis, Tourism & Environment Programme Officer
Additional Information
What TUI Travel PLC is doing to become a more sustainable business
Mr. James Whittingham, Group Environment Manager, Bournemouth University
United Nations